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Where were you? (part four)

Mar 7, 2007 3:32 AM

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    Mar 12, 2007 10:24 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Yep. Northern Pintail is one of the other species I noticed.
     
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    Mar 12, 2007 10:41 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Here's a hint: the red circles indicate Pintail; the green are a different species. There are a few more ducks in this photo that I can't quite make out, too--could be a third species or maybe females of the first two. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1Qn7DECNc4cHEls7E5gZB T6foGvq" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1Qn7DECNc4cHEls7E5gZBT6foGvq_thu mb.jpg" border="0" />
     
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    Mar 12, 2007 1:20 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Finally made it to the local butterfly house. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=17ph7n2Mx3yFVvkhtRYIL GT2seOJR1" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/17ph7n2Mx3yFVvkhtRYILGT2seOJR1_t humb.jpg" border="0" /> <br /> <br />Skua, I think I see a "hey, Duck!" in there.
     
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    Mar 12, 2007 2:47 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Very nice stephen. now i am getting eager for spring. what kind is that?

    Skua, could they be shovelers? i dont have a clue
     
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    Mar 12, 2007 3:37 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    This thread is turning to be for the birds! :D
     
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    Mar 12, 2007 3:41 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    How about dem Wallowas! <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1mSVkMdZjOenjgmkckew6 VSgMBtlLf0" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1mSVkMdZjOenjgmkckew6VSgMBtlLf0_ thumb.jpg" border="0" /> <br />©2007Lawrence Hudetz
     
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    Mar 12, 2007 4:04 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Thanks, Donald. Shooting in a butterfly house was more difficult than I thought as the ambient light was pretty poor (we were shooting at 7 am which was before the sunrise), so the flash created a lot of black backgrounds and plenty of hot spots.

    Speaking of spring, Sunday was in the 50's here, but that place is a 1/4 mile ride from here and before sunrise the road was coated with frozen fog. A bit of a slippery ride. Most folks went skidding right by the entrance.

    At 7 the butterflies were a bit active. But by the time 9 rolled around you couldn't walk without them bumping into you. They were everywhere. Lots of fun.

    I don't know it's name yet. Most likely not North American. It wasn't on their ID chart, so I have an email in to them for identification. I'll let you know.
     
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    Mar 12, 2007 5:12 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    That is early for shooting them.i alway do ring light type flash,but ambient levels are always a bonus for sure.

    Larry, two shot pano,or one shot? very nice shot.
     
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    Mar 12, 2007 6:11 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Three shots.

    Right outside my B&B door. Of course, the B&B is a working ranch.
     
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    Mar 12, 2007 6:54 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Cant beat that.
     
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    Mar 12, 2007 8:03 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Tsk, tsk, Larry. Now that
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    isn't square! ;-)

    Nice pano, though.
     
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    Mar 12, 2007 9:51 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    The Hasselblad never came out, although, in retrospect, I would have done better with it for the pano. <br /> <br />Hand held, Fred. <br /> <br />Here's a couple of others. <br /> <br />The Alpenglow has a story behind it: <br /> <br />I lost my Nikon(!) I left it at a café in Enterprise OR, and didn't even realize it until about 4:30, when I was getting ready to go look for late light imagery. $2000, down the tubes! <br /> <br />Yikes! <br /> <br />I instantly knew where it was, about 6 miles down the road. Haul *** to Enterprise, screech to a stop in front of the café. <br /> <br />It closed at 4PM! Arrrgh! <br /> <br />The business next door was still open, and they kindly made a couple of calls and roused the owner, who graciously also drove 6 miles to get me the camera. <br /> <br />Heading back to Joseph, I saw this, the last legs of a full blown alpenglow, the only light worth while shooting all afternoon. No time even for the tripod, just prop the camera on top the roof of the car and squeeze off a couple. I then got out the tripod but in seconds, the light faded. <br /> <br />So it's not too sharp, just like the forgetful photographer! <br /> <br />The morning shot is also just outside my small apartment on the ranch. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1YoTvq19RpsgXMqsYtxk1 hm1sGI6r" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1YoTvq19RpsgXMqsYtxk1hm1sGI6r_th umb.jpg" border="0" /> <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1E9hdfcctgQKi7zzgyi3u 6d3qPe" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1E9hdfcctgQKi7zzgyi3u6d3qPe_thum b.jpg" border="0" /> <br />©2007Lawrence Hudetz
     
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    Mar 12, 2007 10:58 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Amazing contrasts in landscape in the Wallowas. Two photos of the rancher. The horseback shot has the Wallowas at my back. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1uZF6wyYHUqs6raziiKuu NFQf83Ez" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1uZF6wyYHUqs6raziiKuuNFQf83Ez_th umb.jpg" border="0" /> <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1b1aVCaKtsp7CyfynSf0n VMVxtobhn" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1b1aVCaKtsp7CyfynSf0nVMVxtobhn_t humb.jpg" border="0" /> <br />©2007Lawrence Hudetz
     
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    Mar 13, 2007 12:04 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    I've never lost a camera, but once during a wedding I took the camera off the tripod during the shoot in the park - and left the tripod there. Would you believe it was still there, standing in the middle of the path, when I returned after the reception 6 hours later at midnight (I didn't realize it was missing until I was packing up after the reception).

    You're as lucky to still have the D80, I reckon.

    Nice light, nice scenery in those shots.
     
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    Mar 13, 2007 6:56 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    I actually wasn't worried. People there still don't lock thir doors. The place I stayed had a sliding glass door with no key lock.
     
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    Mar 13, 2007 7:29 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Larry,

    Great shots of the Wallowas--what a special place that is!

    And for all .5 of you still waiting to learn what the other ducks in Donald's Snow Geese photo are: American Wigeon. Since there were no correct answers, the $10,000 prize will not be awarded. :-)
     
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    Mar 13, 2007 9:57 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Took me 35 years to re-discover that, Skua!

    We are considering a move there. A great artists community exists in Joseph, where we stayed.

    Would you believe that I picked up a small job to shoot while I was there? And the damn camera was sitting in a café in Enterprise!
     
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    Mar 13, 2007 5:58 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Here is what 180,000 snowgeese looks like. not sure how the heck they calculate that number,but the sky was hidden for a few moments.it almost looks unreal to me, but the wave eventually had the foreground taking off. i know eagles make them fly,but its a guess usually <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=12AIaXBwjZ4FGJuxyONAA YPGtCD3h0" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/12AIaXBwjZ4FGJuxyONAAYPGtCD3h0_t humb.jpg" border="0" />
     
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    Mar 13, 2007 6:16 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Holy heck, that's impressive, Donald.

    I once saw something similar in 1971 in East Africa - only the colour was pink and the birds flamingos. The scarer then was my father running at them yelling so that I could get the shot of them taking off.

    Don't know what happened to it, but it would have been taken on Ektachrome so I guess the colour would be faded beyond recognition by now anyway.
     
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    Mar 13, 2007 7:27 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Not really, Fred. I have some 1961 Ektachromes, processed by myself that still read well. Cyan has faded somewhat, but rescuable. Shot with a Rolleicord.
     
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    Mar 13, 2007 7:44 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    I bet yours were stored better than mine, Larry - my Dad took charge of the slides of our travels and I inherited them when he died in 1982. They'd been stored in boxes in the garage and had suffered a lot of mold and dampness damage. I started to go through them once but his writing was all but illegible by then and I couldn't work out what was what, so I gave up. I'm assuming the flamingo shots were in amongst that lot, organized as part of one of his slide shows.

    Most of my stuff was in B&W which I've kept, but it seemed pretty pointless photographing the flamingos in B&W at the time. I know I only took a couple of rolls of Ektachrome during that 3 month trip (35mm, Minolta SRT101).
     
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    Mar 14, 2007 12:21 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    That's a great migration shot, Donald. Do they usually flock in your neighborhood like that? That looks like what you might see at Bosque del Apache.
     
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    Mar 14, 2007 6:24 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    OK, can you find two other species in that flock...:-)

    Just kidding. What a spectacular photo. I can only imagine the sound of that huge flock getting airborne and calling to each other...must have been deafening!
     
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    Mar 14, 2007 1:58 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Thanks. yes they are yearly visitors and the game warden says mild winters have seen the group grow very quickly. now they are hunting them to thin the lot,in the hopes of saving their habitat. i hear they eat roots and all,so are very unwelcome by farmers.

    The sound and the wave are very impressive,but there are so many as to make it hard to see anything in a small print except black and white. they crap a lot while flying in mass,and luckily i have not been hit. i think they are here for two more weeks.
     
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    Mar 14, 2007 2:16 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    never mind- too gross. :-(
     
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    Mar 14, 2007 3:34 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Thats what umbrellas are for.
     
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    Mar 14, 2007 4:21 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Skua, i need your expertise again. any ideas what kind? <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=19EsvQuhJSBCQgo0mPrQH JtVnjhrJ" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/19EsvQuhJSBCQgo0mPrQHJtVnjhrJ_th umb.jpg" border="0" />
     
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    Mar 14, 2007 5:17 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    I know next to nothing about bird identification, but that dude is having a bad hair day. (OK, I'll go with some kind of cross-bred exotic thingie.)
     
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    Mar 14, 2007 5:47 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    cross-bred exotic thingie
    of course, we all know that's the technical name! ;)

    Donald,
    those are some amazing bird photos. I would love to have been standing next to you (with an umbrella! ;)) when that flock of geese took off. Wow!
     
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    Mar 14, 2007 5:57 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Nick,i will use that if skua does not weigh in. <br /> <br />GH,it is amazing,and more so, is the fact i did not get hit. here is another if you are interested. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1O6MXCGQppRlROVLvpNXW F5waiOYd6" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1O6MXCGQppRlROVLvpNXWF5waiOYd6_t humb.jpg" border="0" />
     
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    Mar 14, 2007 6:10 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Wow!! I know when I had that flock of sparrows flying around my yard, I was definitely grateful for my pool cage as I could hear little bbs hitting the screen! Amazingly when I went out and braved being near the birds (shades of Alfred Hitchcok's The Birds dancing in my head), I managed to avoid the bbs. ;)
     
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    Mar 15, 2007 6:46 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Donald,

    That's easy. It's an Egyptian Goose having a bad hair day.

    Check out http://www.birdsofbritain.co.uk/bird-guide/egyptian-goose.htm. That's the first page that came up when I googled.

    Grass Hopper, did you mean Swallows rather than Sparrows? Are you referring to that swarm of Tree Swallows you photographed? Coincidentally I was in South Florida earlier this month and saw the same thing: hundreds of Tree Swallows swarming around a tree. I would have been stunned had you not shared that phenomenon with us.
     
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    Mar 15, 2007 6:47 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    bbs = butt bombs?

    Very cool shots, Donald.
     
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    Mar 15, 2007 10:00 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Nick,
    yep! Their droppings are like little bb pellets and I could hear them hitting the pool cage and screening!

    Skua,
    yep, you're right, I did mean the swallows. I am stunned each time I witness it! :D South FL, eh? Would you care to share where abouts?
     
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    Mar 15, 2007 12:09 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    My wife and I were visiting her mother in Sun City Center outside Tampa, but most of the week was spent on Marco Island, where my wife attended a conference and I went birding (rough, but somebody has to do it). I keep meaning to post a few photos, but they're at home and I'm at work. And home is just a dial up connection, so...
     
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    Mar 15, 2007 12:22 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Hitchcock would love this thread.

    Nice photos but out of my league.

    Later...
     
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    Mar 15, 2007 2:17 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Skua, you never cease to amaze me with your knowledge. thanks much for the id.
     
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    Mar 16, 2007 6:12 AM   in reply to Ozpeter
    You think my knowledge is amazing? You should experience my ignorance! Now THAT's amazing! :-)

    Thanks for your kind words. Likewise, I'm amazed by your photos.
     
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    Mar 17, 2007 3:23 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    Well,here is another mystery bird. i know the left is a mandarin,but what about the right? <br /> <br />I realize i could search myself,but i have no idea were to even start with these guys. <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=17Tjkuhn8CdOuCqGOmINl GEvt7Xo" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/17Tjkuhn8CdOuCqGOmINlGEvt7Xo_thu mb.jpg" border="0" />
     
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    Mar 17, 2007 4:01 PM   in reply to Ozpeter
    After finishing up a busy week I was sitting here clicking on different links in my Bookmarks. I ended up at this thread. My husband came in as I was viewing some of Donald's images and was totally awestruck. He was enjoying Donald's images so much that I got a longer back rub than usual as he looked at them over my shoulder. He says you're a brilliant photographer Donald.
     
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